PASSPORT STYLE MASKS

Despite their appearance, the masks below show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Dan
Mini Masks 1-24
3"-6.5" high
$30-$40

BEMBE
Passport Mask 1
6" high
$40

TOMA
Passport Mask 1
6.75" high
$80

 

TOMA
Passport Mask 2
7" high
$80

MBOLE
Passport Mask 1
6" high
$40

 

LEGA
Passport Masks 2-23
3.5" - 7" high
$30 - $40 each

MBOLE
Passport Mask3
5" high
$30 each

MBOLE
Passport Mask 5
6.75" high
$40

MBOLE
Passport Mask 6
6.75" high
$40

MBOLE
Passport Mask7
5.5" high
$40

MBOLE
Passport Mask 8
6.5" high
$40


LEGA
Bone Pendant Masks 32-34
3" high
$30 each

BAULE
Metal Masks 14-30
5.5"-7" high
$50-$300

Dan
Metal Masks 51-55
8.5"-9" high
$200 each


Dan
Mini Object 25
7.5" high
$150

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MINIATURE MASKS, West and Central Africa

The best known tradition of using miniature masks were by the Dan people of Liberia and the Ivory Coast.

The Dan people carried small masks (less than 20 cm high) which are sometimes called "passport" masks. They are sewn onto a piece of cloth and kept in a leather pouch and possibly worn in the small of the back. They are miniature copies of a family mask and sometimes received libations. These apotropaic masks also act as witnesses during initiation ceremonies.

-----From The Tribal Arts of Africa by Jean-Baptiste Bacquart.

Please note the sizes carefully. Photographs of small objects can make them appear much larger than they are.

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